Egypt receives 100,000 additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Oct 2021

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A nurse shows a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a mass immunization venue inside Cairo s International Exhibition Center in Cairo, Egypt June 5, 2021. REUTERS

Egypt received on Friday another batch of 100,800 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at Cairo International Airport from Poland, the Ministry of Health announced.

The ministry added that the shipment will be tested at the Egyptian Drug Authority within 14 days before its distribution to the 1,100 vaccination centres across the country.

Egypt has already obtained over 40 million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, the British-Swedish AstraZeneca, the Russian Sputnik V, the American Johnson & Johnson, and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Egypt's Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) is currently manufacturing the Sinovac vaccine to serve local and African needs.

According to the WHO, a total of 16,223,309 vaccine doses have been administrated in Egypt since the vaccination campaign was launched in January.

The country seeks to vaccinate 40 million citizens by the end of 2021.

Egypt, which is witnessing a spike in positive coronavirus cases driven by a fourth wave of the pandemic, has recorded a total of 305,269 cases and 17,367 deaths.

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